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The more we're learning about what happened in Libya the more we're seeing what a complete clusterfuck it has been. Congress is now probing the security setup and we see that not only was the embassy left largely unprotected the security detail was pulled after a threat was made. From CBS:
"We tried to illustrate...to show them how dangerous and how volatile and just unpredictable that whole environment was over there. So to decrease security in the face of that really is... it's just unbelievable," Wood said.
The State Department official says there was a "constant conversation" between security details in Libya and officials in Washington D.C.
Sources critical of what they view as a security drawdown say three Mobile Security Deployment teams left Libya between February and August in addition to the 16-member Site Security Team on loan from the military. That's 34 highly-trained security personnel moved out over a six month period.
One State Department source told CBS News the security teams weren't "pulled," that their mission was simply over.
The Washington Free Beacon has a story on what they term a "cover-up" in Libya, alleged by former and current intelligence officials.
Officials with access to intelligence reports, based on both technical spying and human agents, said specific reporting revealed an alarming surge in clandestine al Qaeda activity months before the attack in Benghazi.
Yet the Obama administration sought to keep the information from becoming public to avoid exposing what the officials say is a Middle East policy failure by Obama.
Officials said that the administration appeared to engage in a disinformation campaign aimed at distancing the president personally during the peak of the presidential election campaign from the disaster in Benghazi, where numerous warning of an attack were ignored, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other officials.
A terrorist attack that had maximum effect because the administration ignored warnings from our own people that the situation was dangerous and furthermore pulled security forces because their mission was "over."
However, the administration is keeping the intelligence under wraps to avoid highlighting Obama’s culpability for the democratic aspirations of the Arab Spring being hijacked by Islamists sympathetic to al Qaeda’s terrorist ideology.
Mitt Romney gave a great foreign policy speech today at Virginia Military Academy and it's clear that he would be better--with no foreign policy experience--than Barack Obama with 3 years of skipped briefings under his belt.